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Rodney Rumple’s Random Reality

0 Comments · Thursday, May 31, 2012
The Performance Gallery is the only troupe to have presented a show at every Cincinnati Fringe Festival since its inception. Many of those previous productions have been intricate and brilliant, while a few were brave experiments that didn’t quite take flight. Unfortunately, Rodney Rumple’s Random Reality falls into the second category.  

Miss Magnolia Beaumont Goes to Provincetown (Review)

1 Comments · Sunday, June 5, 2011
The art of the improbable premise is a standard at any Fringe Festival. What counts is not the unlikely starting point, but how one develops and delivers from the unreasonable setup. Miss Magnolia Beaumont Goes to Provincetown (presented at the 1423 Vine venue), written and performed by Joe Hutcheson and directed by Cheryl King, shows that style, imagination, intelligence, heart, talent and daring are what make such productions worth the gamble.  

Missing (Review)

1 Comments · Friday, June 3, 2011
The title of Jessica Ferris’ one woman show, Missing: The Fantastical and True Story of My Father’s Disappearance and What I Found When I Looked for Him (at Know Theatre), would pretty much seem to say it all. And yet, there would be so much, well — missing.  

Tooth and 'Nuckle

1 Comments · Friday, June 3, 2011
Matt Johnson’s solo improvisational piece, Tooth and ’Nuckle, at the very-out-of-the-way and very cool Hanke 2 space (1128 Main St.), might not be for the faint of heart, even by Fringe standards. The setup is pretty straightforward. A bare stage sports a phalanx of masks and puppets fashioned out of grocery bags, and audience members are invited make a selection for Johnson to use as starting points for off-the-cuff scenes and soliloquies.  

S/M/L (Review)

0 Comments · Thursday, June 2, 2011
Ideas and ambitions come in all shapes and sizes, and the three modern-dance works that comprise the triptych of S/M/L, presented by MamLuft& Co. Dance, are each in their own way small, medium and large. The first piece, Small: Restless Hands Under a Trembling Table, opens arrestingly enough with a pair of dancers dressed in white, and wrapped in a long red fabric stretching from the opposite side of the stage.  

Sophie’s Dream

2 Comments · Sunday, June 6, 2010
There is no question that Serenity Fisher has a staggering amount of talent: She plays magnificently, sings well, writes smoothly in rhyme and coins clever inversions of phrases. But this is a poorly formed and indulgent exercise that, like a Stradivarius with only one string, plays the same light note throughout.   

Aftershock! An Event!

1 Comments · Friday, June 4, 2010
Based on a series of improvised rehearsals, the folks at Fake Bacon Productions have patched together a show that might be a little too loose to be taken seriously, while being too funny at times to dismiss entirely. It's a bit like every '70s disaster flick ('Earthquake,' 'Poseidon Adventure,' 'Towering Inferno') meets 'The Naked Gun.'  

The Council

1 Comments · Thursday, June 3, 2010
This year's Performance Gallery entry in the Fringe Fest, scripted by Brad Cupples and directed by Darryl Harris, chooses to stick to a more familiar format (the extended comedy sketch) than previous year's creative and passionate efforts. The bits that work here are usually the ones that are the most outlandish.  

The Council

Art Academy: June 2, 4, 6, 8 and 12

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 26, 2010
At a time when the national political scene has pundits turning blue and budgets running red, the Performance Gallery veterans have wittily and willfully transformed themselves into the rogues gallery that makes up a city council.  

Aftershock! An Event!

Know Theatre: June 3, 4, 6, 9 and 11

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Back in the 1970s disaster flicks such as 'Earthquake' touted ridiculous gimmicks like Sensurround, which simply pimped out the theater with big speakers to shake the audience silly. That's where the folks at Fake Bacon went for the premise of their show.